Kick-off: 1945, 04/10/2019
Stadium: St Andrew’s
TV: Sky Sports
Middlesbrough have made a stuttering start to life under Jonathan Woodgate but are backed to land a morale-boosting victory at Birmingham on Friday night.
Boro have come out on top in the last four Championship encounters between these teams and their hosts go into the latest meeting on a three-match losing run.
We reckon 2/1 for an away win at St Andrew’s is a value bet for our initial Birmingham vs Middlesbrough prediction.
A Look At Birmingham City’s Betting Odds
Birmingham followed up losses to Preston and Derby by going down 1-0 at Wigan on Tuesday night, with goalkeeper Lee Camp at fault for Latics’ late strike.
The Blues’ custodian let Anthony Pilkington’s speculative long-range effort slide agonisingly under his body towards the end of a game which featured few chances.
City boss Pep Clotet claimed: “We dominated and dictated large parts of the game, but we just didn’t have that ability to really impose ourselves.
“There’s no excuses from any of us, but sometimes football is football and you don’t always get what you deserve.”
However, the stats show that Birmingham did not manage a single shot on target and that makes them vulnerable again here.
Looking at the Birmingham vs Middlesbrough odds, another tempting option is 21/20 for the visitors to prevail in the ‘draw no bet’ market.
A Look At Middlesbrough’s Betting Odds
Middlesbrough hosted Preston in midweek on the back of a 4-1 drubbing by Sheffield Wednesday but showed much improved form to draw 1-1 against in-form North End.
The Lilywhites took the lead when Josh Harrop tapped in from close range after Alan Browne’s deflected effort came back off the inside of a post in the 40th minute.
But Boro levelled things up less than two minutes later when Paddy McNair’s cross from the byline was turned in by Preston defender Darnell Fisher.
The north-east outfit remain closer to the relegation zone than the top six after winning just two of their games this season, but there were plenty of positives to take from that performance.
Woodgate said: “I was pleased with that display. To be honest, I thought we deserved the win, we had a lot of the chances.
“I can’t remember a save Darren Randolph had to make, while their keeper made a number of saves.
“I’m gutted to not get the three points but it’s a step in the right direction. I’m pleased with the performance and the reaction of the players.”
Going back to basics proved a shrewd move on Tuesday night and we’re looking for another solid showing in what promises to be a tight tussle at St Andrew’s.
Let’s finish off our Birmingham vs Middlesbrough betting tips by taking 17/4 for an away win and under 2.5 goals in the game.
Wigan 1-0 BIRMINGHAM
MIDDLESBROUGH 1-1 Preston – Darnell Fisher (og)
Head-to-head: Birmingham 1-2 Middlesbrough, Middlesbrough 1-0 Birmingham, Birmingham 0-1 Middlesbrough, Middlesbrough 2-0 Birmingham
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